Coping with Trauma

Psychological trauma may set in after a distressing or life-threatening event. Sufferers may develop extreme anxiety or PTSD, or they may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem. But many overcome trauma, offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.

Recent Posts on Trauma

Thank You! Parisian PhD Candidate Ludvig Levasseur!

On occasion, we receive requests from PhD candidates for assistance in their research regarding time perspective theory and therapy. Last week, one such candidate emailed with a request that opened our eyes to the magnitude of a problem we've been unaware of: What is the potential cost savings of our talk therapy?

Trauma Informed Assessments - Part 7

What you need to do when clients prematurely reveal graphic details of their abuse or neglect experiences.

Is Terrorism Changing Your Life?

Given all the recent terror issues, I feel security cannot truly stop an individual intent on harm. Am I being anxious for no reason? Do you truly feel that our security measures are 100%?

Fearing the Wrong Things?

By David Myers Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 Talk Psych
Horrific terrorist acts abroad have sparked fears of international travel—and of Muslims and Syrian refugees—and warnings to "be aware" of risks. The psychological dynamics that drive exaggerated fears also were at work in 1942, as my family observed first hand.

Child Rearing: Boundaries and Love

At a certain point during breastfeeding, it is natural for the baby to bite the breast. This is one of many important avenues for mother and baby to negotiate their boundaries—between self and other. All of child rearing revolves around boundaries and love.

A Warmer Embrace of Muslims Could Stop Homegrown Terrorism

When people experience a loss to their sense of personal significance—for example, through humiliation or disrespect—they seek out other outlets for creating meaning. Extremists know and exploit these vulnerabilities, targeting Muslims whose sense of significance is low or threatened.

What Can Wounded Storytellers Teach Us?

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 The Empowerment Diary
Many memoirs are based on the author's experience with illness, trauma or the loss of a loved one. Narrative writing is one way to make sense of difficult times. Writing also facilitates reflection on lived experiences. Sharing our stories helps us heal, and also helps readers navigate their own journey.

Trauma Informed Assessments - Part 6

Learn how to pace yourself during a 'trauma informed' assessment by asking your client the following questions.

5 Tips to Help Children Cope with Threats of Terrorism

Our country has constantly been on alert of terror threats and many families have to find the best way to talk with their children about potential crisis.

Psychology Of How War With Islamic State Becomes A Just War

Professor Fotion points out that another ancient Chinese philosopher, Mo Tzu (470 – 391 BC) distinguished between three kinds of war, which again ominously, but unerringly, predicts modern hostilities in the Middle East. Mo Tzu contends that any analysis of whether a war is ‘just’ or not depends on whether you are engaged in a war of aggression, punishment or self-defence.

Book Review: Restoring Resilience

An illuminating new book shares strategies for helping your clients regain their resilience.

Can Altruism Go Too Far?

By Jennifer Haupt on November 16, 2015 One True Thing
"One thing that sets extreme do-gooders apart is their willingness to ignore convention. These are people who are morally passionate, relentless, and incredibly stubborn—they invent lives that don’t make much sense to those around them."

There’s No Reason to Celebrate Trauma

By Marty Babits on November 16, 2015 The Middle Ground
There have been breakthroughs in how we understand and treat trauma.

Building Resilience After Trauma: Lessons from Chile

Don’t go it alone. Create order out of the chaos. Nurture hope. Commit for the long-term because recovery takes time. And reclaim your dignity through helping others. Wise advice whatever the trauma, wherever one lives.

Trauma, Resilience, and Fantasy

By Scott Haas Ph.D. on November 15, 2015 Shrink in the Kitchen
Resilience and fantasy among trauma survivors and their families.

The Terrorist Trance

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on November 14, 2015 A Swim in Denial
One of the few truisms that deserves to repeated over and over is that hysteria can be as deceptive as it is thrilling.

Officers with PTSD at Greater Risk for Police Brutality

PTSD may lead to deadly overreactions by police officers.

Ending the Nightmares

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 11, 2015 Media Spotlight
Studies of veterans show that they may experience a wide range of PTSD symptoms, including nightmares. Some surveys reveal that more than half of all participants report their sleep as being "bad" or "very bad" though few report having any problems before being deployed.

Writing to Be Heard, Writing to Heal

Poetry and the healing power of writing to work through questions of anger and loss

Trauma Informed Assessments, Part 5

We all understand the value of getting a trauma history. Understand how to open that door to the past with greater respect, care, and commitment to preserve the client’s right to privacy and emotional stability.

Who are the Real Casualties of War?

By Ray Williams on November 07, 2015 Wired for Success
Yet, it has been civilians who have suffered most during wars or armed conflicts. There are few memorials or formal observances for their deaths.

Dissociation and Psychosis

Psychosis, a state of implicit trauma, is characterized by the symptom of dissociation from reality by the psychotic individual. This withdrawal involves derealization, or the sense that the world is not real, and depersonalization, or a sense that the self is not real. Using the Eriksonian paradigm for therapeutic treatment of schizophrenics may be a promising.

The Clergy Sexual Abuse Story Is Revisited In "Spotlight"

The church and the community is safer in 2015 thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of the Boston Globe Spotlight team. While there are always risks of problem cases falling between the cracks when it comes to child safety more and more of these cracks are being sealed shut to ensure that all children are safe in church as well as in other community environments.

Sensory Sensitivity Can Strain Parent-Child Relations

Parent awareness alleviates stress, and helps improve relationships.

The 8 Suprising Things Abusive Partners Need To Learn

There is hope for people who have abused their partners. Here's what they need to learn in order to change.

Trauma Informed Assessments- Part 4

Seeding the Focus on Strengths: Nine prompts therapists can use to explore a client's resources and positive attributes.

Are Discount Airlines Discounting Your Safety?

The door nearest the burning engine was opened and its escape slide deployed. Passengers slid down into smoke and nearby fire. Passenger Daniela Magro said "all the smoke" was a problem. "When we go down the slide, I couldn't see anyone because we went from the left side." Are all flight attendants being properly trained?


What exactly is resilience, and how can it help you bounce back from a brain injury? Dr. Diane® shares what she has learned.

Should Disruptive Teens Be Treated As Criminals In School?

When students fail to cooperate, the school is failing them. This situation underscores so many forms of social injustice, including prejudice, unrealistic expectations for children, insufficient teacher education, underfunded schools, ineffective administration, a lack of mental health care, and inadequate police training. Do we have the will to implement real solutions?